first_img The NHL’s new rules, designed to open up the offensive game, have benefited no King more than Belanger, whose strong skating and puck handling is being rewarded because defensemen can no longer obstruct as easily. “I love the new rules; I think they’re going to be very good for me,” Belanger said. “It’s still the NHL, and it’s still hard out there, but it’s harder now for the defensemen and it’s easier to move the puck.” Belanger has two goals and three assists in eight games, including what was one of the best, jaw-dropping plays of the Kings’ young season, which he made in the second period Wednesday at Colorado. The Kings, who had trailed by three goals, pulled within 4-3 when Belanger chased down a loose puck in the corner of the Colorado zone and, in one motion, put the puck on his stick and whipped a pass through the crease and onto the stick of Sean Avery, who one-timed it for a goal from a tough angle. In part because of the depth among Kings forwards, Belanger remains firm in his role as the center of the Kings’ “energy” line. But even as roster spots were up for grabs in training camp last month, Belanger never had any reason to be concerned. “I think (coach) Andy (Murray) knows what I can bring to the table,” Belanger said. “I’m a guy who can play 16 or 18 minutes and over 82 games I’m not going to be great every night but I try to be consistent. I think that’s one of my strengths.” Winning combo: Craig Conroy and Pavol Demitra rarely played on the same line during their four-plus seasons together in St. Louis, but recently they have been giving the Kings’ opponents the blues. During Eric Belanger’s five seasons with the Kings, there isn’t much the team hasn’t asked him to do. He’s centered just about every line combination the Kings have thrown together. But not until this season have the Kings really seen all that Belanger can do. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week In the Kings’ last two games, Demitra totaled three goals and one assist and Conroy broke out of an early-season scoring slump with two goals and five assists. “Whenever you play with (Demitra) you know you’re going to get some chances, which is fun,” Conroy said. “(Earlier) we had a lot of chances but nothing was going in. Now they’re starting to go in.” Status report: Sean Avery (ankle sprain) will attempt to practice this morning but his status for Sunday is uncertain. The Kings had hoped Jeff Cowan (groin) might be able to play Sunday, but that now appears unlikely … Murray said he expects to start Mathieu Garon in goal Sunday against Calgary. Rich Hammond, (818) 713-3611 rich.hammond@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgTesla reports fourth-quarter loss, operating expenses soar412 viewsTesla reports fourth-quarter loss, operating expenses soar412 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Tesla reports fourth-quarter loss, operating expenses soar412 viewsBusinessTesla released fourth quarter earnings late Wednesday that put the brakes on the luxury electric car maker. Costs from expanding its global sales network and developing the Model X crossover nearlyVentuno Web Player 4.50Tesla released fourth quarter earnings late Wednesday that put the brakes on the luxury electric car maker. Costs from expanding its global sales network and developing the Model X crossover nearlylast_img read more

first_imgJPMorgan Chase & Co, the biggest U.S. bank by assets, said it will repurchase up to $1.88 billion in common shares through the end of the second quarter.The repurchase under the bank’s 2015 capital plan is in addition to the $6.4 billion of shares authorized for repurchase by the board last year.The bank has got a non-objection from the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System to increase the amount for the share repurchase.last_img

first_imgZakir NaikReutersMalaysia’s cabinet discussed the permanent residency of Indian Islamic preacher Zakir Naik on Wednesday, with three ministers demanding his expulsion for allegedly making racially sensitive remarks in the multi-ethnic nation.Naik, who has lived in Malaysia for about three years and faces charges of money laundering and hate speech in India, has come under fire for his recent comments that Hindus in the Southeast Asian country had “100 times more rights” than the Muslim minority in India.Race and religion are sensitive issues in Malaysia, where Muslims make up about 60 percent of its 32 million people. The rest are mostly ethnic Chinese and Indians, most of whom are Hindus.The Malaysian ministers said Naik’s comments may have been aimed at driving a wedge between Muslims and non-Muslims in Malaysia, an allegation that Naik denied.”We have expressed our position, which is that action must be taken and that Zakir Naik should no longer be allowed to remain in Malaysia,” Gobind Singh Deo, minister of communications and multimedia, said in a statement.”The prime minister has taken note of our concerns. We leave it to him to consider the position and to decide soonest possible what will be done to deal with the problem,” he added.M Kulasegaran, minister of human resources, and Xavier Jayakumar, the minister of water, land and natural resources, also released statements urging Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad to expel Naik.Naik, who has repeatedly rejected the charges against him in India, said his detractors were quoting him out of context to malign him.”My praise of the Malaysian government for its Islamic and fair treatment of Hindu minorities is being twisted and misquoted to suit political gains and create communal rifts,” he said in a statement on Wednesday.Malaysian state news agency Bernama quoted Mahathir as saying late on Tuesday that Naik cannot be sent back to India due to fears for his safety.”If any (other) country wants to have him, they are welcome,” Mahathir said.India banned Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation in late 2016, accusing him of encouraging and aiding its followers to “promote or attempt to promote feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will between different religious communities and groups”.last_img read more

first_imgGonoshasthaya Kendra founder Zafrullah Chowdhury. File PhotoGonoshasthaya Kendra founder Zafrullah Chowdhury on Tuesday told the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) that the people of the country were expecting the party to act, reports UNB.”Bangladesh’s democracy and the country itself have been snatched away. The people are expecting steps from your party (BNP),” he said, addressing the party’s vice-chairman Shamsuzzaman Dudu.Zafrullah was speaking at a programme marking the homecoming day of Mawlana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani, organised by Bhasani Anusari Parishad, at National Press Club in the capital.”Come out on the streets,” he said.Jatiya Party’s former minister and secretary general Mostafa Jamal Haider said democracy was “destroyed” through the “farcical 30 December elections.”Shamsuzzaman Dudu, Jahangirnagar University former vice chancellor Jasim Uddin Ahmed, JU teacher professor Dilara Chowdhury also spoke, among others, at the programme.last_img read more

first_imgBy The Associated PressOKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Senate has given final approval to Gov. Kevin Stitt’s pick of the first African American to serve on the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents in 20 years.The Senate voted 45-1 on Monday to confirm Stitt’s nomination of Ohio business executive Eric Stevenson. The sole opposing vote came from Oklahoma City Democrat Sen. George Young, one of two African Americans in the Senate.In this March 1, 2019 file photo Eric Stevenson stands with his wife Davia in the Blue Room at the Capitol in Oklahoma City, Okla. Gov. The Oklahoma Senate has confirmed Gov. Kevin Stitt’s pick of Stevenson, the first African American to serve on the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents in 20 years. The Senate voted 45-1 on Monday to confirm Stevenson, an Ohio business executive. (Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman via AP, File)Young said Stitt should have considered a list of names submitted to him by the Oklahoma Legislature’s Black Caucus. Young says he was impressed with Stevenson’s credentials, but that he would have preferred a regent more closely connected to students on the Norman campus.OU has been rocked with racial unrest in recent years after the release of videos depicting students using racist language.last_img read more